Escape to the Chateau: Dick and Angel create glamping site
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The couple upped sticks and left for France seven years ago after making the monuments decision to convert a 45-room Chateau into a family home and thriving business. Channel 4 has since documented their whirlwind journey on hit series Escape to the Chateau, but way back in the first episode, Dick was given 450 reasons why he shouldn’t make the move.
In a scene where a stressed Dick and Angel are in the midst of their move, viewers are told that the pair are about to move into a property with a list of hundreds of faults.
Dick explained to Angel: “The whole of this document says ‘Do not buy the Chateau’, it says it is all our risks and if anything happened.”
Apprehensively, Angel said: “I know.”
“Dorothy it’s enough to scare me sweetheart never mind you!” Dick added as his daughter began to cry. “It’s really quite worrying.”
Angel said: “He’s going to say it’s ‘sold as seen’.”
Dick asked: “And you’re alright with that are you? Even though we have 200 pages of reasons not to buy it?”
But the couple were ultimately right to take the huge risk, because although it’s been a tough journey, the chateau has been a success.
The remainder of the first episode showed the husband and wife moving into the freezing cold Chateau with no plumbing or electricity.
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The document detailed the paint work needed, the sewage and electricity problems, asbestos and more.
“It basically says ‘don’t buy me,'” Dick commented.
Angel was keen to visualise what could be done with the property, seeing the potential for its beauty.
Dick was more focused on getting the practical elements sorted though, and the two had a gigantic task on their hands.
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The castle was rebuilt on the site of ancient fort in 1864.
It took 10 years to construct and required hundreds of workers. Dick and Angel knew that, to install plumbing and electrics, they would need to hire experts.
But being an engineer himself, Dick also planned to do some of the work alone, which would prove to be more difficult than he had expected.
But once things were eventually up and running, the family haven’t looked back.
The castle, based in Pays de la Loire, near Nantes, has an enormous 45 rooms for their young family to enjoy.
The married couple share two children together; eight-year-old Arthur and seven-year-old Dorothy.
Dick is a father-of-four, having had two children from his first marriage to Brigit Strawbridge.
During their marriage, the former couple welcomed son James, now 37, and daughter Charlotte, 35, together.
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